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KBOO community radio has been bringing diverse communities together for forty years.  We offer over twenty hours per day of programs that are produced locally by volunteer community members.  This is critical for having local voices on the airwaves at a time when media ownership is consolidating and the remaining local entities turn to syndicated programs.  Furthermore we offer genuine diversity.  In a city that is over three-quarters white, we offer programming by and for Asian, African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and those from many other backgrounds.  We put youth (with a part-time youth coordinator assisting), veterans, and the disabled on the air.  And we bring these communities together on and off the air!

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Protest action at Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene

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Evening News
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Mon, 07/07/2014
Activists with Cascadia Forest Defenders and Earth First! converged on the Seneca Jones biomass plant in Eugene this morning to protest the company’s privatization of public lands in the Elliott State Forest and ongoing pollution in West Eugene.
 
Several protestors locked themselves to equipment at the plant, effectively blocking the “truck dump” where biomass is loaded into the incinerator.
 
The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually.
 
There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca biomass facility.
 
For more information, KBOO’s Ken Jones spoke with Grace Warner of Cascadia Forest Defenders.
5:59 minutes (8.21 MB)

The $15 Minimum Wage And The Fight Beyond

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Mon, 07/07/2014
Bill Resnick talks with Arun Gupta about how the $15 minimum wage ordinance that was recently passed by the City Council in Seattle came to be. Arun points out how people are agitated by the bank-bailouts, the role played by Socialist Alternative and Kshama Sawant's election to the City Council, the contentiousness about and limitations to the final ordinance. They also consider what kind of organizing is or is not behind getting the ordinance passed. In this vein, they talk about "militant shopfloor organizing" vs. electoral organizing, the role played by independent media, weilding control at the "point of production, and the problem of finding solidarity as "all that is solid melts into air."
23:00 minutes (15.79 MB)

The Personal Is Political: same-sex intimate partner violence

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Mon, 07/07/2014
Iven Hale considers the patriarchal theories of intimate partner violence espoused by some feminists and the difficulties in applying this to same-sex intimate partner violence, which happens with about the same frequency as among other-sex relationships. She shares several stories of her own experiences with violence at the hands of  female partners, both physical and verbal. In the end, she points to how "power and control pervades our culture, and is perpetuated by our economic system." 8:28 minutes (3.87 MB)

Well-read Red: public austerity & private profits

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Mon, 07/07/2014
Well-read Red, Clayton Morgareidge, continues a theme he spoke about a few weeks ago concerning "stagnant capitalism" and connects it to a recent Jacobin article by Richard Seymour. Seymour's article critiques an article in the popular magainze, The Economist, for pandering to what he calls "a very neoliberal way of thinking" when it acknowledges immense private profit/surplus/capital while also lamenting crumbling infrastructure and other responsibilities of the cash-strapped public sector. 6:14 minutes (4.28 MB)

Jeff Kropf Interview

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Between Us
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Fri, 07/04/2014
Jeff Kropf is a conservative who served in the Oregon legislature between 1999 and 2007. While there, he helped pass the Charter Schools Act, a piece of legislation based on language from the free market, limited government advocating American Legislative Exchange Council. But Mr. Kropf, who is now a co-founder of Oregon Connections Academy, an online charter school says many former democrats in the legislature helped pass that law. And he says Governor Kitzhaber's administration is experimenting with blended schooling that combines forms of public education and charter schooling. Don Merrill talks with Mr. Kropf about the positives and negatives of alternative education for Oregon's kids. 29:32 minutes (27.04 MB)

Eugene police will engage in forced blood tests over 4th of July weekend

program: 
Evening News
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Wed, 07/02/2014
Eugene listeners will be interested to know that if they’re stopped at a police checkpoint this coming weekend, they had better agree to perform a Breathalyzer test, or risk being forced to have their blood drawn by the police.

During the coming holiday weekend in Eugene, police will implement a policy to forcibly draw blood from people who refuse to take an alcohol Breathalyzer test.
The so-called ‘no refusal’ policy will likely result in people being strapped down to gurneys and forced to have their blood drawn.
 
That’s been the result of ‘no refusal’ policies in other cities where they’ve been implemented.
4:32 minutes (4.15 MB)

Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico on Human Beings with 5 Fingers

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Tue, 07/01/2014
Christopher Francisco is in New Mexico. He spoke recently with Shannon Hoshnic, Prevention Educator/Administrative Assistant and Cheryl A. Eaton, Rural Coordinator and Sexual Assault Advocate for Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico.
65:34 minutes (60.03 MB)

Benjamin Chavis Interview

program: 
Between Us
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Mon, 06/30/2014
Dr. Benjamin Chavis is a civil rights pioneer. He led the NAACP in the early 90s and he was the director of the Million Man March. He is involved in a number of self empowerment initiatives including a collaboration with media mogul Russell Simmons to use hip hop as a way for youth to transmit experiential messages to the larger community. Mr. Chavis was recently elevated to the position of president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Don Merrill sat down with Mr. Chavis to talk about his newest job to once again help energize and educate not just black communities but all communities. 29:56 minutes (27.4 MB)

Saving Our Postal Service

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Mon, 06/30/2014
Since the founding of the US, the postal service has delivered mail quickly and securely from any place in the country to any other place in it, all for a price anyone could afford.  Now many corporations and members of congress want to break up this birthright and hand it over to private, profit-making companies.  Willie Goshell is an officer in the National Association of Letter Carriers and active in the Portland Campaign to Save Our Post Office.  Here he talks with Bill Resnick about how much we would be losing if Postal Service gets privatized, and what we can do to stop it.   19:03 minutes (13.08 MB)

Capitalism and Climate Change

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Mon, 06/30/2014
A healthy economy is one that is growing; but how long can a healthy planet sustain a growing economy?  In a recent blog post, Alyssa Röhricht lays out the contradiction between capitalism and the survival of life on Earth.  Tom Becker reads it for us.   8:14 minutes (5.66 MB)

 

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